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Australia observes day of mourning for Queen with art, flowers

Canberra: Australia honored the late Queen Elizabeth II with a national day of mourning on Thursday, with dignitaries laying wreaths. Parliament buildingwhich he opened on one of his visits three decades ago.
The focus of the ceremony in Parliament’s Great Hall was a portrait of the former King of Britain and Australia in a yellow robe decorated with golden wattle motifs that he wore on his first night in Australia in 1954, known as the “Wattle Painting”. By Australian artist William Dargie.
The Queen died on September 8 during the Southern Hemisphere spring when the bottle gourd blooms, its golden flowers and green leaves reflecting Australia’s national color which has become a symbol of unity.
The government declared a public holiday on Thursday and the ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor-General David Hurley, King Charles III’s representative to Australia. Both returned from the Queen’s funeral in London on Wednesday.
The holiday was marked by some protests that focused on the loss of Aboriginal Australians as a result of British colonization. Australia is one of the few former British colonies that never made treaties with indigenous peoples.
“I recognize that his passing has had a different reaction for some people in our community,” Hurley said. “I am mindful to respect that the response of many First Nations Australians is shaped by our colonial history and broader journey of reconciliation, a journey that we as a nation must complete.”
The government plans to change Australia’s constitution through a referendum that would create a process for Indigenous consultation parliament About policies that affect their lives.
Lydia Thorpe, an Aboriginal senator from the minor Greens Party, led hundreds of protesters against the British monarchy in the city of Melbourne.
“The crown’s boot is on our neck and we’re sick of it,” Thorpe told the gathering.
Adivasi reactions to the Queen’s death have been mixed. The ceremony at Sangsad Bhavan started with tribal dancers and singers.
Albanese, who wants Australia to have an Australian head of state rather than a British monarch, spoke about how the country had changed since 1954 when 70% of the population saw the Queen.
“Perhaps the greatest tribute we can pay to his family and his memory is not a marble statue or a metal plaque,” Albanese said. “It’s a new embrace of community service.”
Among the 700 guests at the service were past and present political leaders, judges, army chiefs and other dignitaries.
The Queen officially opened Parliament House in 1988. His father opened a temporary parliament building nearby in 1927. King George VI was then Duke of York, making his daughter the first royal to visit Australia.

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